Past Events

  • Virtual Symposium: Global Comics and the Rise of Modern Manga Virtual Symposium: Global Comics and the Rise of Modern Manga March 30, 2022

    Where does manga come from? What role did U.S. comics play in shaping modern manga? How did manga become a dominant force in global comics in recent decades? Join The Institute for Japanese Studies, University Libraries Area Studies and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum as we explore these questions and more in the upcoming virtual symposium “Global Comics and the Rise of Modern Manga.” The discussions will be moderated by Dr. Jared Gardner, Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Collaboratory at The Ohio State University and Dr. Kinko Ito, Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Exploring the development of manga in the twentieth century, three international experts in popular culture and comics studies will contest current narratives that treat manga as exotic or disconnected from its American and European counterparts.

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  • "Dark Laughter Revisited" Exhibition Reception and Program "Dark Laughter Revisited" Exhibition Reception and Program March 5, 2022

    Join us for a celebration of the exhibition Dark Laughter Revisited: The Life and Times of Ollie Harrington. Throughout his career, Oliver “Ollie” Harrington (1912-1995) used his voice and artistic talents as a cartoonist to attack racial, economic and social injustice with razor-sharp wit and insight. Speaking from the perspective of a cartoonist of color, his commentary chronicles many of the events and issues that defined the 20th century, from segregation and apartheid to war and poverty. This retrospective exhibition features work from the private collection of Dr. and Mrs. Walter O. Evans as well as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s Oliver Harrington Collection, acquired from his widow, Dr. Helma Harrington.

  • Will Eisner Week 2022 Scholarly Symposium Will Eisner Week 2022 Scholarly Symposium March 1, 2022

    In honor of Will Eisner Week 2022, BICLM invites you to join us for this FREE event via Zoom to hear from scholars Jared Gardner and Shawna Kidman as well as local presenters in a symposium devoted to recent comics scholarship. Sponsored by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Popular Culture Studies.

  • EVENT POSTPONED - An Afternoon with Raphaëlle Macaron EVENT POSTPONED - An Afternoon with Raphaëlle Macaron December 7, 2021

    ***This event has been postponed until Spring 2022. New date TBA. Thank you for your interest and understanding!***

    Join the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for a virtual event with Paris-based Lebanese illustrator and comic book author, Raphaelle Macaron.

    Raphaëlle Macaron was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she undertook her studies in illustration and comics. Since 2012, she has worked as a freelance illustrator and designer. In 2020, she published her first graphic novel, Les Terrestres, a non-fiction work that depicts her conversation and travels with French environmentalist journalist and politician Noël Mamère as they visit sites and political collectives important in the history and ongoing environmentalist struggles in France. The narrative is dynamized not only by the dialogue between the much older environmentalist and the young artist but complicated by the eruption of the COVID-19. A central question of the text is how one maintains hope and perspective, in the light of potential wide-spread collapse, questions that are immediately explored by the pair within the context of France, but that Macaron juxtaposes with her Lebanese hometown and its ongoing social and political history. In conversation with Prof. Maggie Flinn, of the Department of French and Italian, Macaron will discuss her work on Les Terrestres, current book project, as well as how her training and work as an illustrator and graphic designer interact with and inform her long-form graphic narrative style.

    This event is FREE and will be presented online via Zoom. The conversation will be in English, and this event will be recorded. This program is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of French and Italian and is made possible by a generous gift from Engie-Axium.

    This virtual program will include automated captioning. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

  • The Charles M. Schulz Museum presents How to Draw Snoopy’s Siblings The Charles M. Schulz Museum presents How to Draw Snoopy’s Siblings October 3, 2021

    Virtual Event

    Meet Snoopy’s siblings from the Peanuts comic strip and learn to draw Spike, Belle, Marbles, Andy, and Olaf with step-by-step drawing instruction. Join the Schulz Museum and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates staff artist Mary Shyne as she explores the story of Snoopy’s canine family. Then, learn how to draw each of his siblings from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm Gang with an easy-to-follow drawing demonstration.

    This program was originally recorded live on November 12, 2020, for the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center. Located in Santa Rosa, California, the Schulz Museum is dedicated to exploring the life, art, and legacy of Charles Schulz and Peanuts. Learn more at and look for online and at-home resources, activities, and exhibitions.

    CXC is presenting this event to celebrate The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons, currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

    Streaming October 3, 2021 on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitch and at 

    Schulz Museum, comics, Peanuts

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